Plateau… is a good thing?

In this past week (a very busy week) a few things happened to me that really “set me back.” 


Scenario 1: In my early morning training…I was placed into the beginner group when it came to ab exercises.  Ouch…mentally in my head I was like what? No…I’ve been working out for three years! Meanwhile my instructor was validating that it was okay…I couldn’t listen to anything.  I was mad…and frustrated. And as I watched the advanced group writhing in ab pain, I couldn’t even focus on the exercises I was going through in the beginner section. 

Scenario 2: Erin came to town and I was really excited to get a long run in with her to practice for the Austin 10 miler…Well..after a weekend of fun (and some wine) and the decision to head out on an 80 degree day at 12 PM I made it 4 1/2 miles and then the light headed feeling made it the end of our run. Darn. 

Both of these scenarios happened in one week and have really been bothering me… I know many of you have probably been set back whether in fitness or something personal or at work.  But the question is- how do you get over it and continue moving forward?

These scenarios are called plateau’s…and can be a terrible nightmare for many people. For me, it made me focus on other things I could be good at while not focusing on my goals in fitness…for other’s it could be a downward spiral which could result in unhappiness, sickness etc. 

Everyone has plateau’s…it’s why they call it a goal. If it was easy…it would be something you just do and continue on with something else. You need to have obstacles to make it worthwhile- right?

So in conclusion…plateau’s happen (just like it happened to me)- but if they do recognize them and continue forward.  It took me all day to get over the fact that I had to walk home from my long run and I was still mad when I got to the training room the next day as a beginner… but I recognized that I came back, that I continued to run…


Try and remember that an obstacle is a GOOD thing…it makes it worthwhile: 
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”   – Michael Jordan 
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